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The top five nonsurgical cosmetic procedures in 2012 were: Botulinum Toxin Type A, hyaluronic acid, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion, and chemical peel. –American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Achieve balanced, symmetrical body proportions

Procedure Name: Breast Lipoaugmentation

The Patient: Adult women who are interested in breast enhancement, but prefer a more natural-looking alternative to synthetic implants.

How It Works: With liposuction, unwanted fat is removed from areas such as the tummy, thighs or “muffin tops.” Then, it is transferred into tissues surrounding the breast glands to lift, enlarge volume and improve the shape of the breasts. The results have more balanced proportions, with a more natural look and feel than saline or silicone implants.

Risk Factors: Bleeding, slight scarring, blood clots and contour irregularities may occur.

Recovery: This procedure creates less discomfort and has a faster recovery time than traditional implants. Some patients return to normal activities within a few days.

Maintenance: This procedure typically results in survival of 70 percent or more of the transferred fat. Rarely, additional procedures may be necessary. Compression garments must be worn for four to six weeks in areas where fat was removed.

Cost: Costs vary, but may range from $12,000 to $20,000.

The Experts: Dr. Todd Mirzai and Dr. Bao Phan, board certified plastic surgeons, Hawaii Plastic Surgery Associates. Honolulu: 952-9779, Maui: 249-8509, Kauai: 245-5054, Kona: 249-8509, hawaiiplasticsurgeryassociates.com


Freeze the hands of time with the “facelift of the future”  

Procedure Name:  Venus Freeze Skin Tightening and Cellulite Reduction

The Patient: Adult men and women who want to reduce cellulite or tighten loose skin anywhere on the face, neck and body, without surgery or downtime. 

How It Works: Using thermal magnetic rejuvenation, Venus Freeze penetrates deeply into the skin to increase collagen synthesis, making skin smoother and firmer. This warm, relaxing treatment works on all skin types and colors, and can create dramatic improvements without invasive surgery.

Risk Factors: There are no major risks.

Recovery: Patients can resume normal activities immediately.

Maintenance: Quarterly treatments are recommended to maintain results.

Cost: Body treatments start at $300; facial treatments start at $400. The Experts: Honolulu MedSpa, 1650 Liliha St., Suite 102, 528-0888, honmedspa.com

In 2012, the top five surgical procedures for women were: breast augmentation, liposuction, tummy tuck, eyelid surgery, and rhinoplasty. The top five surgical procedures for men were: liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast reduction, and otoplasty (ear surgery). –American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Freeze away unwanted, stubborn fat

Procedure Name: CoolSculpting®

The Patient: Men and women within 10 to 20 pounds of their goal weight who are looking for a safe, non-surgical way to remove stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.

How It Works: CoolSculpting® uses a precisely controlled cooling method called Cyrolipolysis to safely target and permanently remove fat cells without damaging neighboring tissue. This FDA-cleared treatment, seen on The Dr. Oz show, actually freezes fat cells, which are then naturally eliminated from the body. Generally, the procedure results in up to a 25 percent permanent fat reduction in the treated area.

Risk Factors: This procedure poses no major risks.

Recovery: Typically, patients return to normal activities immediately. Minor bruising or numbness may temporarily occur in the treated area and generally subsides within a few days to two weeks.

Maintenance: Results can be seen as soon as three weeks, with full results occurring over the next four months. If medically appropriate, patients may repeat treatments as desired to remove even more fat.

Cost: Treatments start at $800 per area. Some patients need multiple areas treated or repeat treatments for optimal results.

The Experts: Honolulu MedSpa, 1650 Liliha St., Suite 102, 528-0888, honmedspa.com

Permanently Remove Unwanted Hair, Painlessly

Procedure Name: Soprano Virtually Painless Hair Removal

The Patient: Anyone with unwanted dark hair on the face, neck or body.

How It Works: This revolutionary new approach to hair removal uses the FDA-approved Soprano XL system by Alma Lasers. Lasers pass through the skin to thermally destroy the cells responsible for regrowth, effectively removing hair while leaving surrounding skin undamaged.

Risk Factors: Risks are very rare and generally temporary, but could include minor burns, blistering, scabs or discoloration of the skin.

Recovery: Patients may resume normal activities immediately, but should avoid direct, unprotected sun exposure on treated area for two weeks.

Maintenance:  For best results, a series of six to eight treatments are recommended, at intervals of four to six weeks.

Cost: Costs start at $99 for underarms, and vary depending on areas treated.

The Experts: Honolulu MedSpa, 1650 Liliha St., Suite 102, 528-0888, honmedspa.com

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